Guest Speaker: Phillipa Bans
Topic : Never2old
Our Sunday Speaker, Phillipa Bans, was well equipped to speak on health with 25 years as a practical registered nurse, degrees in Sport and Recreation and a Diploma in Health Science and currently Operations Manager at Never2old at AUT.
Never2old is a multi-faceted programme targeting NZ Seniors to assist with strength and balance, social connections, education, adventure and challenge and overall wellbeing.
Wellbeing is defined as "the balance point between an individual's resource pool and the challenges faced consisting of a sense of vitality (get up and go), a positive approach, ability to bounce back, a sense of direction, choosing activities that provide fulfillment and independence, good social connections and the ability to take notice of the world around them and embrace new experiences and opportunities to learn".
Emotional: Feelings of satisfaction, optimism, mastery and being in control, a sense of belonging, a positive and realistic view of self and circumstances, being connected and able to manage one's emotional state.
Social: Loneliness and social isolation can lead to an increased risk to health and decline in daily activities. Happy people live longer.
Intellectual: Engage in mentally stimulating and creative activities, expanding knowledge, learning and discovering and sharing this knowledge. While normal ageing can lead to a slowing of mental processing, actual dementia is statistically relatively uncommon overall.
Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This is now a proven fact.
Spiritual: Means different things to different people. It could be a walk in the park, it could be prayer or meditation. It may be assessing your values in life or examining and accepting other viewpoints.
Physical: Determined by choices we make including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, harmful habits.
The Ideal Formula: • Regular physical activity • Eating regularly • Choosing mostly fresh, unprocessed food • Keeping alcohol intake to a minimum • Avoiding drug use • Get at least 6— 8 hours of sleep a night.